April 30, 2013
On Saturday, comic book stores across the country are giving away free comic books in an effort to promote the genre and to support individual comic book stores. This year, an estimated 4.6 million free comic books will be given out at stores across the country. One store participating is Gorilla King Comics, at 1711 Aliceanna St. in Fells Point, owned by Ian Sayre. Sayre, 38, opened the store about a year ago. "We love comics," he said. "Gorilla King Comics is a very classy place at which to buy one's comics.
April 23, 2013
When Alexandra von Paris found herself out of a job in 2010, she didn't know how she was going to pay rent. Instead of working for another business, von Paris decided to start her own. Von Paris (Ali for short) founded Route One Apparel, which she said specializes in "edgy, unique designs. " Lately, the company has focused on "Maryland Pride" clothing - Maryland flag apparel and an emphasis on other state icons like crabs and Baltimore. Born in Joppatowne, von Paris graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in May 2012 and now lives in Timonium while working full-time at Route One Apparel.
April 16, 2013
In 2006, local painter Lauren Boilini left the Midwest for graduate school in Baltimore, and she never left. She stayed to teach and become a part of the art community, and now is a painting and drawing instructor at MICA. Boilini, 29, was born in Bloomington, Ind., moved to Missouri to attend Kansas City Art Institute, and now lives in Butcher's Hill. Her studio is at School 33 Art Center in Federal Hill, where she has been the artist-in-residence since September 2011. As artist-in-residence, Boilini happily donated a piece of her artwork to School 33's annual fundraiser, the Lotta Art Benefit, held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Silo Point.
April 2, 2013
On Sunday, the Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar opens for its 36th season, with vendors selling fruits and vegetables, herbs, baked goods and crafts. Emem Oduok, 30, will be there, selling handmade chunky jam, creamy fruit-butter, infused spicy and herb vinegar, seasonal tomato ketchup and more. Oduok, a jam-maker and owner of Infused Spreads, is originally from Nigeria but now lives in Curtis Bay. She started Infused Spreads in 2009 and credits her success to her self-motivation.
March 26, 2013
John Marra's full-time job is an assistant community lot projects coordinator at Civic Works. But his second job, although he works for free, is quartermaster of puppets for the Baltimore Rock Opera Society. "We get paid in glory," said Marra, 28, who is originally from Queens, N.Y., but now lives in Harwood. The Baltimore Rock Opera Society began in 2007. It is a completely volunteer organization "on a mission to melt faces and blow minds with the power of rock theater for next 7,000 years," Marra said.
March 19, 2013
Heather Spiker-MacPherson, 32, has always dreamed of being a chef. On Friday, the culinary student at Stratford University and staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves will be able to put her skills to the test at a "Top-Chef"-style competition at Baltimore Green Works' EcoBall. The annual EcoBall, held at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum, will feature live music, food and drinks, as well as the cooking competition featuring Stratford University students (for more information, go to baltimoregreenworks.com/ecoball)